by Valerie June
- Record Label: Concord
- Release Date: Mar 12, 2021
- Summary: The latest full-length release for the Memphis singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Carla Thomas and was produced with Jack Splash.
- Record Label: Concord
- Genre(s): Folk, Blues, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Neo-Traditional Folk
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Positive: 9 out of 10
Mixed: 1 out of 10
Negative: 0 out of 10
Mar 17, 2021A standout among her already impressive catalog, The Moon and Stars is utterly beguiling with a luster that only deepens with repeated spins.
Mar 9, 2021June has given us an album that is powerfully, elegantly subversive. [April 2021, p.20]
Mar 9, 2021June has never sounded more fully and thrillingly herself than she does on her latest album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, which merges pop ambition, folksy open-heartedness and blues wisdom.
Mar 9, 2021The rest of The Moon and Stars is a similarly ambitious, dizzying jumble of genres and tones, and June manages to hold everything together on the power of her beguiling voice and charisma.
MojoMar 9, 2021The idiosyncrasies of her voice are showcased to full effect in soul showstopper Call Me A Fool, with dramatic rasping and swooping that some might find off-putting, but which undeniably underlines her distinctive character. There's a delicacy too. [Apr 2021, p.80]
Mar 16, 2021The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers is June’s strongest whole document so far; it has such a crystalline, atmospheric take on her favored genres that it seems to exist both within and without the confines of those styles. Her singular, moving, astral take on songwriting appears fully formed with this album, and it’s as exciting as anything to see a promising artist truly deliver.
Mar 15, 2021As much as you want to applaud this idiosyncratic soul outing, the straightforwardly acoustic, demo-grade Fallin’ is probably the record’s most lapel-grabbing moment.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Mar 13, 2021Slow burner, different sound/feel to her previous album "The Order of Time". It needs a few listens to fully appreciate. Excellent album
Mar 20, 2021What a beautiful day collection of deep cutting yet effortless songs. Valerie June has cemented her place in the future of Americana music.
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